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Photograph (black and white); six princesses all seated on the deck of the HMS Orlando, some are holding fans and five of them are wearing armbands with HMS Orlando written on them; a White sailor is standing in the background; Samoa.
Gelatin silver print
- Photographed in: Samoa
- Height: 20.2 centimetres
- Width: 25.3 centimetres
Inscription ContentANNESLEY COLL. PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE BELFAST
Inscription Commenthandwritten in pen
Inscription ContentNative Princesses, Samoa
Inscription Commentprinted on label
An excerpt from the Introduction Annesley Papers, held by the Public Record Office in Northern Ireland, p.18, reads:
"Another photographer, and diarist, whose presence in the archive requires some explanation, is Midshipman, later Lieutenant, Gerald Sowerby. He married Lady Mabel Annesley in 1904. Following the death of her only brother, Francis, 6th Earl Annesley, in 1914 and the title's reversion to a kinsman, she resumed the name Annesley, and her son, the late Gerald Sowerby/Annesley, ultimately succeeded to Castelwellan...The photographs and diaries of his father, Gerald Sowerby, R.N., consist of 3 albums of photographs of the Suez Canal, Samoa, Norfolk Island, Tonga, Solomon Islands, etc., 1894-1896, and of the British and American fleets at Annapolis in 1903-1904; and log books, etc, whilst serving in the Pacific, etc, 1894-1899."
The record suggests that all the photographs in the Annesley Collection now reside in the Ulster Museum, County Down.
- Associated with: Samoa
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Object reference number: EPF92643
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